The safety of students and area residents was a chief concern of South Bend community representatives during the Campus/Community Advisory Committee (CCAC) meeting Wednesday. Members discussed the upswing in crime and how the community can come together to address the problem. Brian Coughlin, associate vice president for student affairs, said the University is concerned about the recent rise in crime. “This community has done a great deal, and we’ve done a lot to talk about neighbor relations and a number of other things, but I think that it’s time that we start to focus on crime against students and crime in those neighborhoods,” he said. Michael Carrington, a member of the St. Joseph County Alcoholic Beverage Board, said local law enforcement is working hard to address the problem. While discussing how law enforcement officers are working to identify groups and individuals responsible for the criminal activity, CCAC members agreed students and local residents all need to be more cautious and aware of their surroundings. “We can’t be a soft target, we have to be ever-vigilant and keep our guard up,” Carrington said. “People need to be careful, but the criminal justice system needs to respond and it needs to be a strong response.” Student government has been working to develop a connection between the student body and local law enforcement, student body president Pat McCormick said. This year, Notre Dame’s student government has organized a safety summit and an off-campus informal meet-and-greet between law enforcement officials and Notre Dame students. McCormick said that he was pleased the CCAC meetings provide a venue for the community to work together to address pressing issues, like student safety. “We had the opportunity to bring to the attention of the community that our top concern is the safety of students and trying to confront crime together, whether through particular action steps or trying to facilitate relationships between students and law enforcement,” McCormick said. Members also examined the problem of students leasing off campus housing that is not sanctioned to be the residence of more than two unrelated students. Director of South Bend Code Enforcement Catherine Toppel said many students are unaware of this rule. “The problem they [students] run into is not knowing which properties are grandfathered and which aren’t,” she said. “One of the rules is that a lot of houses are under the rule that not more that two unrelated students can live in it.” Toppel also said an association of landlords has drafted an ordinance, to be submitted sometime around January 2012, creating a landlord registry. This registry would have a list of residences that can be used as student housing, and will be updated to reflect occupancy changes in those residences, she said. Landlord Mark Kramer, of Kramer Properties, agreed that collaboration was required to remedy this problem. “People sometimes ignore the restriction if they like the home or the area, but then they run the risk of being turned out in the middle of the year,” he said. He suggested the creation of a list of houses eligible for student living, allowing students to check if their prospective house is on the list. CCAC members also discussed plans for snow removal volunteer programs and the success of collaboration regarding the recent taxi ordinance. CCAC, McCormick said, has been successful in addressing these issues affecting the Notre Dame community and the surrounding area because of the collaboration that it facilitates. “These meetings give us the opportunity to learn and to be in conversation about issues that are pressing to the community and to bring to different stakeholders in the community the concerns of students as they relate to community life,” McCormick said.
continue reading » In an exclusive interview with Adam Mendler, an expert in thought leadership and strategy development and CEO of The Veloz Group, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger discussed his experience as one of Washington’s most influential advocates, strategies for successful leadership, and how he led NAFCU to record membership growth.“The best advice I can give is to always be respectful of others and value their time. Be prompt when arriving for meetings, be responsive to policymakers’ questions, and be sure to keep open lines of communication through proactive outreach and honest interactions,” said Berger, who has been recognized as a top lobbyist by The Hill for 17 consecutive years. “The surest way to have a lawmaker’s door close on you or to burn a relationship is to undervalue the needs of others.”After taking the reins as president and CEO of NAFCU, Berger used these leadership skills to help refocus the association’s agenda towards issues credit unions cared deeply about.“Trade associations in Washington have a habit of trying to be all things to all people, but at NAFCU, we focus on advocacy, compliance assistance, and education and training – that is it!,” said Berger. “And our members have supported us every step of the way. Because of this, we have grown our membership by over 40 percent in just over seven years and we now represent 54 percent of the industry’s assets.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former North Hempstead town councilman said he gave $20,000 to the son of New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) to fulfill an alleged bribe requested by a mutual acquaintance.The ex-councilman, Tom Dwyer, was one of three officials to take the stand Monday as the corruption trial against the senator and his son, Adam, enters its second week at federal court in Manhattan. The other two officials included Glenn Rink, chief operating officer at AbTech Industries, an environmental technology company, and Joseph Strasburg, president of a landlord advocacy group known as the Rent Stabilization Association (RSA).“‘This should get Dean off my back,’” Dwyer testified was the response he got from Charles Durego, general counsel and senior vice president at developer Glenwood Management Corp., after he told Durego that he’d done what Durego had asked by giving Adam a check disguised as payment for work that Adam didn’t perform at Dwyer’s title insurance company, American Land Services (ALS).Dwyer testified that he did as Durego wanted without question because Glenwood was his biggest and most lucrative client—and he didn’t want to lose their business. Dwyer said he thought Durego meant the payment would help Glenwood stay in the state Senate majority leader’s good graces when lobbying the senator on legislation the developer backed.New Hyde Park-based Glenwood, Arizona-based AbTech and Roslyn-based Physicians Reciprocal Insurers are the three companies that the former state Senate majority leader allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes from in the form of no-show jobs that his son, Adam, was unqualified for, in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.Dwyer said the payment to Adam was funded by a commission for title insurance work on an real estate transaction unrelated to Glenwood.“Charlie did not want the payment to Adam to be associated with Glenwood Management,” Dwyer testified. Durego also responded to an email about how the $20,000 was calculated with “not for emails” and later emphasized that point in a phone call, Dwyer recalled.Dwyer met Adam on Feb. 18, 2013 for lunch at Coolfish, a restaurant in Syosset, to give Adam the check in an envelope without discussing its contents, Dywer testified.Tatiana Martins, one of the federal prosecutors trying the case asked: “Had Adam Skelos performed any work for that $20,000?”Dwyer replied: “No.”Defense attorneys and prosecutors noted that Dwyer had lied to federal investigators when first questioned about the money. Dwyer said he made a “big mistake” because he was “extremely nervous,” but a week later he began cooperating and turned over his emails. The defense also questioned Dwyer if he knew about large title insurance work referral fees given to others besides Adam.Dwyer had been a North Hempstead town councilman for more than a decade until he resigned in November 2013. He told Newsday at the time that he left office because he was too busy with his outside work and didn’t want to have any conflicts of interest with his consulting business.During cross examination, Dwyer testified that AbTech officials offered him compensation to be a consultant for the company and find out why Nassau County, which had secured a $12 million contract through Adam, “was not moving quickly.” Dwyer said he learned that the project “wasn’t a priority” for the county.When Strasburg, the RSA president, took the stand, he testified that Leonard Litwin, the billionaire owner of Glenwood, did not share Strasburg’s view that the 421a program—a tax break for developers—would easily be renewed at the same time RSA was lobbying for rent control laws to be renewed without any changes.“He actually thought 421a was in jeopardy,” Strasburg testified, recalling his conversation with Litwin.Rink, CEO and founder of AbTech, took the stand next and recounted how Litwin’s family became investors in his company, which manufactures a product called the smart sponge that removes pollutants from storm water runoff when it’s installed in drainage systems. Rink gave the jury a demonstration of his product, using water he’d contaminated with petroleum products. Martins, the prosecutor, asked that it be noted for the record that the small test tube of water came out clear after passing through the smart sponge.Rink testified that Durego, who had set AbTech up with Adam, told him that their proposed contract was illegal on the grounds that it offered lobbying on a contingent fee basis. It can only be commission based or a flat fee, Durego said in an email read in court. AbTech and Adam signed the contract after making modifications only for how big of a contract Adam must secure before he’d get a raise from $4,000 monthly to $10,000 monthly.Rink is scheduled to continue his direct examination Tuesday, when the jury in a separate federal corruption trial against ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) is expected to begin deliberating in the same courthouse.
May 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) –The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced approval of a new influenza vaccine manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania that could be used to produce a vaccine against the novel influenza H1N1 (swine flu) virus. The Sweetwater, Pa., facility is owned and operated by Sanofi Pasteur, which is already the nation’s largest seasonal flu vaccine producer and manufactures the only prepandemic H5N1 avian influenza vaccine for the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said that they are working on a seed strain for a vaccine against the novel H1N1 influenza virus. If pilot trials and production go smoothly, the nation could have a vaccine against the new influenza strain this fall. However, they also said that the decision about whether to use the vaccine would be made separately. Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, the FDA’s acting chief scientist and deputy commissioner for scientific and medical programs, said in a press release today that increased capacity for influenza vaccines is critical for pandemic preparedness as well as seasonal influenza. “Thanks to strategic investments by the federal government and proactive efforts and engagement by the FDA and the vaccine industry, our nation’s preparedness has come a long way over the last 5 years,” he said. In 2007 the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded Sanofi a $77.4 million grant to retrofit existing vaccine production facilities and keep them ready for 2 years to produce pandemic flu vaccines, with an option to extend the time to 5 years, according to previous reports. Sanofi had said it hoped to complete the retrofitting by late 2010. The company contributed $25 million toward there novation of its existing plant. Jun 20, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Flu vaccine makers get HHS funds to prepare for pandemic” May 6 FDA news release Sanofi will use the new facility to make Fluzone, the company’s egg-based influenza vaccine. It completed construction of the new $150 million, 140,000-square-foot plant injury 2007 and said it had hoped to bring the facility online by late 2008 or early 2009, according to a company press release in 2007. Construction of Sanofi’s new facility was designed to add capacity for 100 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine each year, while the renovation was expected to add production capacity of about 50 million doses each year. When the HHS awarded the contract to Sanofi, it also awarded a similar retrofitting contract for $55.1million to MedImmune, Inc. The department’s goal in boosting capacity at the two plants was to allow them to produce 100 million doses of a pandemic vaccine within 6 months of the start of a pandemic. See also: Jul 20, 2007, Sanofi press release
“If the COVID-19 pandemic drags on to June or July, I have to be honest that we would have to revise even the Rp 817 trillion investment projection,” Bahlil said in an online briefing on Monday. “But in the third and fourth quarters, investment is expected to offset our deficit in the next three months.”The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is obstructing the government’s plan to spur investment. Last year, the country managed to attract Rp 809 trillion of investment, slightly above the target.On the upside, the agency has yet to report any pullouts from investors. Instead, some investors are only delaying their projects, such as the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project, a joint venture between Indonesian and Chinese railway companies.Contrary to the trend in FDI, domestic investment, which made up about 53 percent of total investment in the first quarter, rose by 9.5 percent quarter-on-quarter to Rp 112.7 trillion during the January to March period.Total investment, mostly channeled to projects in the transportation, warehouse, telecommunications, metal and energy sectors, created 303,085 jobs between January and March. It marked an 8 percent decline from the number of jobs created in the last three months of 2019.Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) researcher Andry Satrio said the agency’s data “had yet to reveal the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on investment”. According to him, the significant impact would be seen in the second quarter of this year.“I think the growth of FDI and domestic investment will likely fall in the next quarter,” Andry told The Jakarta Post via text message on Monday. “We are relying on domestic investment right now, but the BKPM should prevent an FDI outflow from Indonesia.”Most foreign and domestic funds were invested in projects in East Java, followed by West Java, Jakarta, Central Java and Riau. With the national epicenter of the outbreak located in the first three provinces, investment was expected to hit hard as a result of the emergency measures to contain the virus.Perbanas Institute economist Piter Abdullah said investment was channeled mostly to Java-based projects because of inadequate infrastructure outside the island. The government was still developing toll roads across the country to support logistics.“With better infrastructure outside Java island, the pattern of investment in the country will shift and create a balance between investment on and outside the island,” Piter told the Post on Monday. “It is not easy to shift the center of economic growth outside Java Island.”Topics : Indonesia’s total investment realization slightly increased in the first quarter of this year, but the global economic woes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will likely reverse the investment trend in the rest of the year.The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) reported that the country’s investment grew by 1.2 percent to Rp 210.7 trillion (US$13.5 billion) in the first three months of the year from the figures recorded in the November to December period in 2019.Although it suggested little impact from the coronavirus pandemic, the data might not tell the true story as foreign investment realization began to fall during the January to March period. Indonesia’s foreign direct investment (FDI), which accounted for 46.5 percent of total investment, fell by 7 percent to Rp 98 trillion in the January to March period from the fourth quarter of 2019.Singapore, which recently saw a worsening trend in its number of COVID-19 cases, was Indonesia’s top source of investment with US$2.7 million, contributing 40 percent to total FDI. It was followed by China, which was starting to reopen its economy, with US$1.3 million, contributing 18.9 percent to total FDI.“The COVID-19 pandemic first affected investment in mid-March, when FDI started declining,” Bahlil said in an online briefing on Monday.Bahlil said the projected investment in the next three months might be lower than Rp 150 trillion even if the pandemic faded in May. In the worse-case scenario, the projected investment this year could reach Rp 817 trillion, 7 percent below the target.
The government has rejected proposals to introduce guarantees to new pension vehicles to be created under the “Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz” (BRSG).On 10 February the smaller chamber of the German parliament, the Bundesrat, had recommended amendments to the draft law the government had presented in November. The parliamentary body wanted to allow guarantees to be offered in the new vehicles which the government had intended as pure defined contribution (DC) plans.In a response to the Bundesrat’s suggestion the government clarified in a written statement that it did not want guarantees: “The pure DC plans are intended as an additional offer for those employer and employee representatives who do not see guarantees as protection but as a limitation to designing a pension plan or a hurdle for entering into an agreement on occupational pensions.”Further, allowing guarantees in these new plans would give insurers a competitive advantage in the market, it was reasoned. The government added: “Combining pure defined contribution plans with a non-guarantee rule is therefore only a next step.”The government emphasised that all those who wanted to have guarantees in their pension plans could still choose an existing vehicle.However, the final decision will lie with the larger chamber of the German parliament, the Bundestag, which is set to hold the first reading of the BRSG draft on 10 March.The government also rejected proposals by the smaller chamber on exempting parts of the contributions to occupational pension plans from health insurance payments.The Bundesrat wanted to exempt pension payments during retirement based on employer contributions from health insurance.But the government calculated that this would lower inflows into the state health insurance system by €2.5bn annually, and declined the proposal.Regarding other more technical proposals by the Bundesrat, the government promised to look into them.As reported by IPE, the German federation of company pension plans had also rejected a proposal to allow guarantees in the new pension plans.
LifestyleRelationships Your Guy Has A Female Best Friend: Are You Okay With It?. by: – May 30, 2011 Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 37 Views no discussions by Kim Kuhteubl, www.Single-Woman.TVIt’s the same old question, can men and women really be friends?I once knew a couple who had trouble around the issue of his female best friend. He had been friends with her since they were 15, and the girlfriend was just over a year into her relationship with him. The best friend started to become jealous of his new relationship. The girlfriend was jealous of his friendship but when push came to shove, the guy told his girlfriend he was not willing to give up his female best friend. That is, until he got married.Years later, when the same guy married the girlfriend, and when his now wife got pregnant – and hormone crazed — she made sure his best friend was kicked to the curb. In fact, many of the female friends of said guy that she used to tolerate were replaced with safe couples – myself included.Although it’s pretty sad, I can’t say I blame her.I’m always miffed by married men who have female best friends. Isn’t that who your wife is supposed to be? I think having someone of the opposite sex to lean on – unless it’s a sibling — is an unnecessary temptation and a potential leak of intimacy between partners. My friend J – a man married for almost two decades – says that it’s “a lot of pressure on a relationship for a woman to be everything to a man.” He has many female friends. I don’t know his wife, so I can’t speak to her position on the matter, but maybe that’s why they’ve been married so long; she has space to be who she needs to be?
Dr. Bradley Broughton practices dentistry at Batesville Dental.BATESVILLE – National dental magazine, Incisal Edge, published an article naming the top 40 dentists age 40 and under, and it features a local dentist.Dr. Bradley Broughton practices dentistry at Batesville Dental. He is one of 40 dentists nationwide selected and traveled to New York City for a photo shoot for the publication.Dr. Broughton is a fourth-generation dentist as his great-grandfather opened an office in Cincinnati. The report details how Broughton works alongside his wife and mother, and still treats patients that travel from Cincinnati.The 35-year-old notes that he enjoys general dentistry, such as doing fillings and cleanings, as well as staying in touch with returning patients.Broughton says in the article, he has received national and regional awards for showing Arabian horses.He was national champion in 1994 and reserve national champion in 1997 at the Arabian Horse Association National Championships in Oklahoma City in show hack.Broughton says the biggest challenge he dealt with in dentistry was opening his own practice. He later met his wife, Dawn, in the office and they married in 2010. She remained there working as a dental assistant.
Photo: Fear FactoryBatesville, In. — Southeastern Indiana’s scariest haunted house, Fear Factory opens the 2018 Halloween season on Friday, October 5. The haunted attraction will be open every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.The Haunted Tour is $10, up to five people in the “Escape Room” for three to five minutes and the “Lights On Tour” will be Saturday, October 21 and the 7th & 8th Grade dance sponsored by STAAND and Cierra’s Club will be Saturday, October 6 admission is $10.Save 10-percent with your ticket stub at the Big Four Café, Ison’s Family Pizza and Batesville Skyline Chili.
PAHRUMP, Nev. – Three thousand dollars is the winner’s share when IMCA Modifieds travel to Pahrump Valley Speedway for the Saturday, March 3 Stormin’ Mormon Memorial.The event is held in honor of Ray Wulfenstein, a long-time driver from Pahrump nicknamed the Stormin’ Mormon, who died in January of 2017.A minimum of $300 will be paid to start the 40-lap Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region and IMCA Nevada State points will be awarded.Pit gates open at noon and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 4:30 p.m. and racing starts shortly after 5 p.m.Entry fee is $45 and pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 55 and over, $6 for kids ages 6-14 and free for ages five and under.Questions can be directed to promoter Chad Broadhead at 702 328-8101, event coordinator Bryan Wulfenstein at 775 209-3638 or Modified race director Leland Hibdon at 775 209-6896.“Both Bryan and Leland have raced IMCA Modifieds. The sanctioning of this event actually comes about as a result of a conversation we had at the Duel In The Desert,” said IMCA President Brett Root, noting the Stormin’ Mormon comes on the heels of a midweek special for the division at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “We’ll do everything we can to make this a successful and annual event for our Western Region drivers.”Also on the race day card at Pahrump is the $1,000 to win Sam Stringer Super Stock Memorial. Stringer’s on-track career included a stint in the sanctioned Modified division.